Issue 2 November 2011
The Prince George’s
Department Greenbelt Metro Area and MD 193 Corridor
The Maryland-National Capital
Park and Planning Commission
Sector Plan www.pgplanning.org/greenbelt.htm
NEW TO THE SECTOR PLAN MOMENTUM CONTINUES INTO FALL
PLAN PROCESS? Thanks to your dedicated • The preservation
Please see pages 2 and 3. participation, the NORTH VERSUS of the state-owned
Greenbelt Metro Area SOUTH CORE? land and the
INSIDE THIS ISSUE and MD 193 Corridor North Core refers creation of some
Planning Lingo 2 Sector Plan marked two to the properties passive recreational
successful fall workshops! extending east opportunities and
About the Plan 2 trails.
On the evening of of the Greenbelt
Missed a Meeting? 3 September 22nd, your Metro Station to
FAQs 3 neighbors, community Cherrywood Lane.
Resource Corner 4 leaders, and local The property owners
business owners shared are the Washington
UPCOMING EVENTS their thoughts on what Metropolitan Area
they would like to see in Transit Authority
Transportation Presentation the future at the North (WMATA) and the State
and North Core Design Core and South Core of the of Maryland. South Core
Alternatives Meeting Greenbelt Metro Station. includes the platted
December 2011 While participants had townhome lots north Stakeholders join Greenbelt
Greenbelt Middle School a range of opinions on of Branchville Road Councilmember Emmett Jordan
8950 Edmonston Road (currently owned by a and Dannielle Glaros, of Council
topics such as desired
Vice Chair Eric Olson’s office, to
Greenbelt, MD uses, transportation bank) as well as existing
debate sector plan priorities.
improvements, design industrial land north of
Youth Workshop Greenbelt Road.
December 2011 development priorities, a Other ideas/issues raised
Greenbelt Middle School consensus emerged for: • “Green” or low- at the breakout tables
8950 Edmonston Road included:
• Medium- (4-7 story) impact design.
to high-density (8+ • A mix of housing and • Ensuring public and
Community Workshop 5— story) development shopping choices at pedestrian safety.
Development Alternatives within 1/4 mile of the Metro station.
the Metro station if CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Greenbelt Middle School
8950 Edmonston Road DIFFERENT OUTREACH EFFORTS GENERATE NEW INSIGHTS
Businesses are essential
Community Workshop 6— partners in our planning RUN A BUSINESS?
Preferred Development process. Recognizing Complete our
Concepts that business owners quck anonymous
are frequently unable to online survey at
participate in evening www.surveymonkey.
Greenbelt Middle School
8950 Edmonston Road meetings, the project team com/s/KZ9X6HF.
Greenbelt, MD organized a business open Business owners discussed many
house on August 5th at an issues at the Business Open House CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
including overall market conditions
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILED office in the Golden Triangle. and transportation concerns.
PLANNING LINGO PLAN MOMENTUM (CONTINUED)
“Road Diet”, is • Balancing the Spirited discussion spilled
an increasingly security needs of into October at the fourth
popular technique a potential federal community workshop.
designed to improve tenant with the Participants focused on:
safety and/or key features of • Safety improvements
provide space for transit-oriented to Greenbelt Road
desired pedestrian/ development (TOD). (including new
biker amenities • Determining the crosswalks, wider
by reducing the appropriateness of sidewalks, biker
number of lanes on a industrial uses along amenities, and Stakeholders at table #3
roadway with excess Branchville Road. medians). discussed the importance of
capacity. Newly design standards for businesses
freed-up space can • Identifying the best • Aesthetic and safety fronting Greenbelt Road.
allow for: locations for parking improvements
garage(s) at the to Beltway Plaza ABOUT THE PLAN
• (Wider) Metro station and and surrounding
sidewalks. The Prince George’s
retaining adequate pad sites (such
• (Wider) commuter parking. as additional
Department of The
landscaping • Implementing short- landscaping and new
pedestrian pathways Maryland-National
strips. term improvements
through the parking Capital Park and
• Bike lanes. at the Metro station. Planning Commission
• Cafe seating • Enhancing (M-NCPPC) kicked off
and other connections between • The type and the Greenbelt Metro
amenities. and across North design of potential Area and MD 193
and South Cores, new residential Corridor Sector Plan
“CIP versus CTP” development at
Franklin Park at and Sectional Map
The Capital Greenbelt Station, Beltway Plaza. Amendment in May
Improvement North College Park, • The suitability of 2011.
Program (CIP) plans Greenbelt Road, and non-industrial uses
for the construction The purpose of the
Greenbelt East. between Ballew sector plan is to
and maintenance Avenue and the train
• Retaining certain work with the Cities
of the county’s tracks.
provisions from the of Greenbelt and
approved 2001 • The overall vision for College Park, and
sector plan and from Greenbelt Road. the Town of Berwyn
municipal covenants. Heights to guide
schools over the
next six years. sustainable TOD
The Consolidated around the Greenbelt
Transportation Metro Station,
Program (CTP) is and commercial
a detailed listing revitalization and
of the capital pedestrian-oriented
projects proposed improvements along
by the Maryland the MD 193 corridor.
Department of The sectional map
Transportation for amendment will
construction, or for ensure that the
development and appropriate zoning is
evaluation during the Some participants at table #1 called for a more main-street feel in place to implement
next six-year period. along Greenbelt Road and for a more coordinated approach to the plan vision.
redeveloping the Beltway Plaza Mall.
AGENCIES AT THE TABLE TRANSPORTATION
Following approval, conducting a series of Community Development, YOUR PASSION?
the implementation briefings and interactive Redevelopment Stay tuned for our
of the sector plan will, work sessions to obtain Authority, Department of upcoming presentation
in great part, rely on input and feedback from Environmental Resources, on current conditions
the commitment of the Prince George’s County Department of Public and transportation
key county and state Council, Prince George’s Works and Transportation, data collected at key
agencies to pursue and County Executive’s Office, the Maryland State intersections along:
support the sector plan’s Economic Development Highway Administration and • MD 193
recommendations. To that Corporation, Department other local, county, state,
of Housing and and regional agencies. • Walker Drive
end, the project team is
• Lakecrest Drive
• Cherrywood Lane
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS • Breezewood Drive
1. What is the state 2. Are federal security As part of Executive Order • MD 201
of the condition requirements 13514—a 2009 Obama • Hanover Parkway
market in the sector compatible with administration initiative that
TOD and green calls for federal agencies
plan trade area?
to reduce their carbon
The sector plan trade building?
area is generally defined Protecting federal facilities are to ensure “that
as the area within three from unauthorized persons planning for new Federal
miles of the Greenbelt is a key component of
facilities or new leases
Metro Station. In 2010, the U.S. General Services SCHOOL AGED
includes consideration of
there were approximately Administration’s (GSA) sites that are pedestrian
151 office buildings in the site selection criteria. Key friendly, near existing Be on the lookout
trade area totalling 4.9 considerations include: employment centers, and for our upcoming
million square feet. While • Perimeter control— accessible to public transit, youth workshop at
the trade area accounted fences, bollards and and emphasizes existing Greenbelt Middle
for only 6 percent of the setbacks central cities and, in rural School featuring a fun
county’s land area, it communities, existing or and interactive set of
contained approximately • Traffic controls and
planned town centers.” activities!
19 percent of the county’s remote controlled
gates The recently constructed The program will
office space. Rental- and
headquarters for the give our younger
vacancy-rate trends are • Elimination of
U.S. Department of stakeholders an
shown in the table below. potential hiding
Transportation—located opportunity to voice
Third Average Vacancy
across from the Navy their opinions on what
Quarter Rental Rates While ensuring the security Yard Metro Station— is important to them in
Rates of federal facilities and demonstrates that their communities.
2008 $22.86 22.4% employees remains critical, heightened security
2009 $22.09 22.1% the importance of location measures can be balanced
2010 $20.60 23.4% and building characteristics with pedestrian-design and
is gaining traction. TOD.
2011 $20.81 22.4%
Source: CoStar 3rd Quarter
2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011
MISSED A MEETING? IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN US!
Over the past ten years
• Visit our website (www.pgplanning.org/greenbelt.htm) to view PowerPoint
an average of 49,500
presentations and meeting notes from previous meetings, access background
square feet of office space
research, study reference maps, and sign up for news updates.
has been added per year
within the trade area. • Participate in an upcoming workshop and the Joint Public Hearing.
DIFFERENT OUTREACH (CONTINUED) HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT? CONTACT US!
On August 19th and products and services Chad Williams, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager
September 13th, project offered by businesses email@example.com
team members also set located in and around 301-952-3171
up an information booth at the mall, some called for Tamara Jovovic, Team Member
the Beltway Plaza Mall to improvements and new
distribute information about retail.
our upcoming meetings 1. New Uses
and to survey shoppers on Prince George’s County Planning Department
what types of changes they Respondents thought new 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
would like to see along the shops, healthier sit-down Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Greenbelt Road corridor. restaurants, residential
development, such as
townhomes, and a town www.pgplanning.org/Greenbelt.htm
center atmosphere would
enhance the mall area. for enhanced lighting,
pedestrian, and transit
2. Connectivity and
amenities and for attention
to shift from the widening of
Public safety around the the Baltimore-Washington
mall and Franklin Park at Parkway to Edmonston Road.
Greenbelt Station was raised
The lack of ramps along
Team members reached out to as a concern. One business
Beltway Plaza shoppers in August the rear of the mall
owner pointed to the lack
and September. property limits the access
of coordination between
of wheelchair users and
Convenience, affordability, mall security and the
patrons with strollers to the
and the popularity of existing police departments of the
anchors—the movie theater, surrounding jurisdictions.
Target, and Giant—ranked 3. Transit
high on shoppers’ reasons that the intersection of Respondents conveyed
for patronizing the mall. Kenilworth Avenue and frustration with existing bus
While survey respondents Greenbelt Road would service, particularly on the
generally indicated benefit from new or improved weekends.
satisfaction with the crosswalks. They also called
RESOURCE CORNER—Check out these websites!
Urban Land Institute—www.uli.org
Project for Public Spaces—www.pps.org
Congress for the New Urbanism—www.cnu.org
Center for Transit-Oriented Development—www.ctod.org/portal